George F. McHendry, PhD, Jr
George F. McHendry, Jr, PhD

George F. McHendry, Jr, PhD

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments


  • Communication Studies


  • Assistant Professor


George F. McHendry, Jr., Ph.D. recieved a B.A. in Communication from Ripon College in 2006, a M.A. in Speech Communication from Colorado State University in 2008, and a Ph.D. from the Department of Communication at the University of Utah in 2013. His research examines the intersections of the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, contemporary rhetorical theory, critical/cultural studies, and performance studies. He studies the complex array of discourses and performances that make up the public controversy over the airport security techniques adopted by the Transportation Security Administration. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Creighton University. 


  • Ph.D. University of Utah, August 2013 Major: Communication (Emphasis in Rhetoric & Cultural Studies) Dissertation Title: “The Politics and Poetics of Airport (In)Security Rhetoric: Materialism, Affect, and the Transportation Security Administration.”
  • M.A., Colorado State University, May 2008 Major: Speech Communication (Emphasis in Rhetorical Studies) Thesis Title: The Religious Rhetoric of Neo-Modernity Or, How to Combat the Chaos of Postmodernity with a “War on Terror.”
  • B.A., Ripon College, Magna Cum Laude, May 2006 Major: Communication (Emphasis in Rhetorical Studies)

Publications and Presentations


  • McHendry, George F. Jr., “Instagrams that Wound: Punctum, Visual Enthymemes, and the Visual Argumentation of the Transportation Security Administration.” Argumentation and Advocacy 53(4) 2017., Argumentation and Advocacy, 53(4), 310-326, 2017
  • Paliewicz, Nicholas and George F. McHendry, Jr., “When Good Arguments Do Not Work: Post-Dialectics, Argument Assemblages, and the Networks of Climate Skepticism.” Argumentation and Advocacy 53(4) 2017., Argumentation and Advocacy, 53(4), 287-309, 2017
  • McHendry, Jr., George F., Kirby, Erika, & Leighter, Jay. “John Oliver’s Long Rants: Teaching the Modes of Persuasion in an Online Public Speaking Class.” In J. Seiter, J. Peeples, and M. Sanders (Eds), Communication in the Classroom: A Collection of GIFTS. 2017, Macmillan Learning., Macmillian Learning, 65-69, 2017
  • McHendry, George F. Jr., “Thank You for Participating in Security: Engaging Airport Security Checkpoints via Participatory Critical Rhetoric.” Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies 16(6) 2016. , Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies, 16 (6), 2016
  • Martin, Steve and George F. McHendry, Jr., “Kaepernick’s Stand: Patriotism, Protest, and Professional Sports.” Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric 6(3/4) 2016., Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric, 6 (3/4), 2016
  • Finding Fascism in the Comments Section: Online Responses to Viral Videos of the Transportation Security Administration, Debates for the Digital Age by Danielle Sarver Coombs and Simon Collister, Editors, 2015
  • McHendry, George F. Jr., “The Re(d)active Force of the Transportation Security Administration.” Criticism 57 (2) 2015., Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts, 57 (2) , 211-233, 2015
  • McHendry, George F.; Middleton, Michael K.; Endres, Danielle; Senda-Cook, Samantha; O'Byrne, Megan. Rhetorical Critic(ism)'s Body: Affect and Fieldwork on a Plane of Immanence., Southern Communication Journal, 79, 293-310, 2014
  • Hasain, Jr., Marouf and George F. McHendry, Jr. “The Attempted Legitimation of the Vigilante Civil Border Patrols, the Militarization of the Mexican-U.S. Border, and the Law of Unintended Consequences” In Daniel Robert Dechaine, Border Rhetorics: Charting Enactments of Citizenship and Identity on the U.S.-Mexico Frontier (August 30, 2012, University of Alabama Press)., Border Rhetorics Edited by D. Robert DeChaine, 2012
  • McHendry, George F. Jr., “Fascism & The Classroom.”, Liminalities, 8(2), 2012
  • McHendry, George F. Jr., “Whale Wars and the Axiomatization of Image Events on the Public Screen.” Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture 6(2) 2012. Lead Article., Environmental Communication-a Journal of Nature and Culture, 6 (2), 2012
  • McHendry, George F. Jr. and Karrin Vasby Anderson, “Commemorating Freedom’s Flight: The Space Shuttle as Partisan Vehicle in Presidential Eulogies.”, White House Studies, 11(2) , 2011

Editing and Reviews

  • McGreavy, Bridie, Justine Wells, George F. McHendry, Jr., Samantha Senda-Cook. Tracing Rhetoric and Material Life: Ecological Approaches. 2018, Palgrave MacMillan. , Palgrave Macmillan, 2017


  • Kirby, Erika, Kuhn, Timothy, McBride, M. Chad, McHendry, Jr., George F., Meisenbach, Rebecca, Remke, Robin, and Wieland, Stacy. “Opting (Back) In to Paid Work: A Capitalist, Gendered, Classed, Careerist Analysis.” National Communication Association, Organizational Communication Division. November 2016, Philadelphia, PA., 2016
  • Paliewicz, Nicholas and McHendry Jr., George F. “Manufacturing Dissent: The Forms and Functions of Corporate Arguments in the Global Climate Change Controversy and the Limits of the Idea of the Public Sphere.” National Communication Association, Argumentation and Forensics Division. November 2016, Philadelphia, PA. Top Paper Panel., 2016
  • McHendry, George F. Jr., “Opting in from a Cultural Studies Lens.” Panel Presentation, Multiple Perspectives on “Opting In”: Scholars Respond to the Women of the “Opt-Out Revolution” Who (10 Years Later) “Want Back In, National Communication Association, Organizational Communication Division, November 2014., 2014
  • McHendry, George F. Jr., “Embodying Resistance: De Certeau and Bordieu Ground Rhetoric’s Materiality.” Panel Presentation, (Re)Historicizing New Materialist Methodologies \National Communication Association, Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, November 2014., 2014
  • McHendry, George F. Jr., “Women and the Web.” Lieben Center, Creighton University, February 12, 2014, Panelist, Omaha, NE., 2014
  • McHendry, George F. Jr., “Deleuze and Rhetoric.” Ripon College Department of Communication, Communication 326, Historical Development of Rhetorical and Communication Theory, December 11, 2013, via WebEx., 2013
  • McHendry, George F. Jr., “Rape Culture, Rape Prevention, and Masculinity.” Your Community Center, April 2012, Orem, UT., 2012
  • McHendry, George F. Jr. “Whale Wars and the Axiomatization of Image Events on the Public Screen.” National Communication Association, Environmental Communication Division, November, 2010, San Francisco, CA., 2010
  • McHendry, George F. Jr. “Liminal Space and Social Movements: Strategies, Tactics, and the Religious Right.” Western States Communication Association, Rhetoric and Public Address Interest Group, March, 2010, Anchorage, AK, 2010

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Theoretical/Methodological Areas: Rhetoric, Critical/Cultural Studies, Performance Studies, Argumentation
    Topical Areas: Surveillance and Security, Political Rhetoric, Social Media, Climate Change

Awards and Honors

  • Top Paper, 2015 Western States Communication Association Conference, 2015
  • Top Paper, 2014 Western States Communication , 2014
  • Steffensen Cannon Graduate Scholarship, University of Utah, 2012
  • Campus Commitment Award, Colorado State University, 2008
  • College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award (Graduate Student Assistant), Colorado State University, 2007